William Smith College Director of Athletics Deb Steward has named Julie Bailey to serve as head coach of the Heron cross country team. She takes over for Jack Warner, who recently retired after 18 seasons at William Smith.
“Julie brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our program. She has transformed her teams, guiding them to record breaking achievements, while helping novice runners to become efficient and confident. Julie will be a great addition to our Heron coaching staff and the HWS community,” said Steward.
A native of Waterloo, N.Y., Bailey served as the head coach of the Wells College men’s and women’s cross country teams since 2009. Under her guidance, 13 Express runners earned all-conference honors. Bailey mentored Wells’ first NEAC Individual Women’s champion in 2011 and its second this past fall. She led the women’s team to third place finishes at the 2011 and 2012 NEAC Championships. Four Express student-athletes competed in the 2011 NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships and three in the 2012 championships. She was named the NEAC Coach of the Year in 2011.
As a student-athlete, Bailey ran for the SUNY Cortland cross country and track and field teams, training under Dr. Jack Daniels. She was a five-time All-American and an integral member of three NCAA championship cross country teams from 1993-95. Bailey graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1998. She went on to earn a master’s in physical education from Cortland in 2004.
Bailey also teaches physical education at Geneva Middle School. Prior to coaching at Wells, Bailey served as the Geneva High School head cross country coach for eight years. Under her guidance, the team earned its first ever league title. Her runners earned 24 all-league honors, two individual Section V championships, eight state qualifiers, and four top 20 finishes at the NYSPHSAA Championships.
In 2012, the William Smith cross country team won the SUNYIT Invitational, the Cross Country Only Conference Championship and the Wells Invitational. The Herons took third at the Oswego Invitational and logged their best finish in 12 years at the ECAC Cross Country Championship, finishing ninth of 42 teams.